Food Network’s “Chopped” in My Kitchen

Kid-Created Salads- Eat at Your Own Risk!

Yesterday at lunchtime, our kitchen was transformed into the set from Food Network’s “Chopped.” If you’ve never seen this show before, several chefs are given a basket with several ingredients. They must use all these items to create a dish. They can use additional ingredients as well, but the main (usually odd flavor combinations) foods from the basket need to be the “stars” of the finished dish.

My girls love this show, so yesterday for lunch I gave them each a bag of ingredients. The bags included:

  • Cooked penne pasta
  • Carrot sticks
  • A cheesestick
  • Dried cranberries

The results were interesting to say the least! Here are the completed dishes…
Aleyah –

  • Pasta Salad-Penne pasta with  cheesestick cubes, chopped carrots, and parmesean cheese
  • Parfait- Strawberry yogurt, applesauce, blueberries, cranberries, apples, cinnamon, and agave nectar
  • Salad- Spinach leaves, carrots, cheesestick cubes, and ranch dressing


  • Parfait- Applesauce, strawberry yogurt, apple slices, carrots, and  parmesean cheese
  • Pasta salad- Penne pasta with cranberries, applesauce, cheesestick cubes, bunny grahams, and cinnamon

While I told them they must eat whatever they created, Anna did resort to asking for something else for lunch! She was very adventurous and tried several bites of each of her dishes yet they ended up in the trash. I guess this was a learning experience for her! Aleyah ate almost everything she made, leaving only a few bites left. They truly had a blast and so This will become a weekly summertime “game”.

  • Anna's Creation

Aleyah's Creation

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